Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild : Michelin's recommendations
Pink marble columns from a palace in Verona surround a covered patio where pieces of medieval and Renaissance furniture stand on an immense 18C Savonnerie carpet and a mosaic floor; the walls are hung with 16C and 17C Flemish tapestries in addition to medieval and Renaissance works of art, including a 15C altarpiece and a painting by Carpaccio. The surrounding rooms and galleries display works of art from various periods. The private apartments of Madame Ephrussi, which are open to the public, include her bedroom, bathroom, parlour and the Sèvres dining room. On the first floor (guided tours only), the exceptional collection of porcelain from Vincennes, Sèvres and Dresden adds to the dazzling effect. The singular monkey room ("Salon des Singes") evokes the theme of animals which was so dear to Baroness Ephrussi; note, in particular, the unusual monkey orchestra in Meissen porcelain. Two Chinese lacquer panels open into the gallery of Far Eastern art, arranged in a Gothic decor and including lacquer work from Coromandel, Chinese vases and carpets, and a series of Mandarin costumes in an adjoining room. Seven hectares of magnificent themed gardens await the visitor, starting with a French-style garden in the centre. Then there is a distinctly Andalusian Spanish garden, another of Florentine inspiration, and a romantic stone garden, followed by a Japanese garden, an exotic garden and a rose garden.